Day 38: the venerable apple tree

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


I love how plants can become members of the family – whether it’s a long-lived aspidistra, or a venerable apple tree such as the one in the photo. Generations of children have clambered through the branches, helped themselves to its juicy fruit, and sat in its heights. Now in its twilight years and playing host to honey fungus, we’re eschewing the tree surgeon and gently managing its decline, with the help of minimal pruning, foliar seaweed sprays and standing well back when it decides to drop a limb (it usually telegraphs a warning). And still it rewards everyone with apples – even the gardener gets some.

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